*Buffaloes at Dawn*
Last week the family went for a three day break in Mui Wo. I of course packed my medium format film cameras and woke up for dawn one morning. The water buffaloes were gathered on the beach, and I took several photos of the heard with my Fuji GW690iii which proved to be spectacular failures due to fogging on the lens. Thankfully I backed these shots with the X100F because it allowed me to get closer. There’s a fair amount of noise, but at least the colours and the scene are preserved.
I remember shooting this photo very early in the morning, as an afterthought of sorts: I hoped the bird (a sort of cormorant if memory serves me correctly) would stand still long enough to not show up as an indistinct blur on the final shot. I got my wish (although there were four or five attempts).
A good sunrise in Hawaii is worth a lot of sunrises elsewhere. I only saw a few of these, but boy were they impressive. This one, from Lanikai Beach was particularly stunning and I nearly missed it, because at beach level you couldn’t see the sun on the horizon…
*Through the Trees*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Agfa CT 100
It’s not enough to have a beautiful sunset, you need something beyond just the sun and the sea. Here I experimented with radical backlighting. Because I was using slide film, the blacks are very black, but I really like the end result.
I had to do a bit of illegal trespassing to get to the Makapu’u Lighthouse although unlike others I didn’t risk my life scaling the cliff to get there. The sight was well worth it though, perched as it is in the rocky shores of Eastern Oahu. I felt like a wide shot was a good way to do it justice, and in any case my digital camera had run out of battery!
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Rollei Redbird 400
After what I felt to be a dissapointing sunset in Hawaii, I didn’t pack my x100f for the next evening but had my XPAN with me with a roll of Redbird which I hoped to use for « street » on the beach that morning. Of course the sunset turned out to be spectacular, so I shot with what I had. Most of that Redbird roll turned out to be way too grainy, probably because despite rating at 400 ISO it doesn’t deal with low light all that well. There’s only one shot that’s not too grainy, but thankfully it’s pretty spectacular, and it’s the one above.
The minutes before dawn can be bland, or they can be fantastic. When there are clouds and the sun is just about to peek above the horizon, you often get marvelous colours, as it was that morning in Hawaii. I decided to try this very sparse composition with lots of featureless sea due to the long exposure, and I find it very soothing.
It was the boulder that attracted me to this composition. I love the way the waves at the forefront look like mist over the rocks, and I think the round boulder and the pointy island balance each other out nicely, compositionally speaking.
To say that our summer in Wellington a little over a year ago was worse than most winters in France would be an understatement. But I got dramatic skies and heavy grey light, good stuff for long exposure black and whites by the sea. I only published one shot from this series previously, and when I revisited it this one struck me as really interesting.